Dypsis sp. 'betefaka'

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Dypsis (DIP-sis)
sp. 'betefaka'
Dyp beta lf.jpg
Scientific Classification
Genus: Dypsis (DIP-sis)
sp. 'betefaka'
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
At Alfred's, Madagascar, editing by edric

Habitat and Distribution

Close up, Madagascar


Continually morphing, bifid when young, plumose in 4 to 6 years, but gradual, grouped pinnae in uneven numbers, pinkish-orange new spear, fading to green upon opening, a tillering Dypsis, with an unusually low, rounded heel, resembling a giant cockroach. New petiole, black and white mottling, with a pinkish-bright orange base. Of the Madagscariensis complex.


Filtered light when young, water when almost dry, avoid city water, keep restricted on the pot size, 30% to 40% lava mix, half black, half red, keep heel well exposed, susceptible to leaf rust, and Asian Scale in humid climates, well drained position, good ventilation. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10a

Comments and Curiosities

"The plant you have, is the type Betafaka, that is growing in Alfreds, Tana nursery, and is the correct ID. That is a very nice palm at maturity. Gary"

( There are several different palms going around labeled "Betefaka". One is like the photo of Alfred's plant, and the others are the palm that looks like a Decipiens with blue-ish leaves, and one that has a red new spear, to name a few.)

This is a tillering palm, it exhibits saxophone style root growth (it has a heel), keep top third of heel above soil elevation!

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to Palmweb.org, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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